Structured Doctoral Programs by Discipline

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Cross-Disciplinary Options

Faculties at the University of Bonn work together to design interdisciplinary programs that combine key perspectives and offer unique insight.

Cross-Disciplinary Programs

Bonn International Graduate School for Development Research (BIGS-DR)
Unique in Europe, BIGS-DR links perspectives from the Faculties of Philosophy, Agriculture, and Law and Economics – with an international focus.

Bonn International Graduate School of Neuroscience (BIGS Neuroscience)
A collaboration between the University’s Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, as well as external partners, BIGS Neuroscience offers a medical program alongside five research areas in medicine.

Patterns in Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Systems – Monitoring, Modeling and Data Assimilation (SFB/TR 32)
Supported by the German Research Foundation’s collaborative research centers, this long-term, integrated research training group is focused on environmental field studies, data collection and regional modeling.

SciMed Doctoral College
The Doctoral College offers scientific training for students in medicine and dental medicine, leading to a dual Dr. med. and Dr. med. dent. degree.

Economics

Researchers at the University of Bonn explore a wide variety of issues in economics, including game theory, applied microeconomics, monetary and international macroeconomics, contract theory, labor economics and finance.

Economics Programs

Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE)
BGSE offers a structured program that is tailored to the needs of doctoral candidates, including an internationally recognized research network.

 

Financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Research Training Group deals with the paradigm of representative agents and thus a central aspect of theoretical and empirical modeling in some parts of economics.

Law

DFG Research Training Group "Die Makroökonomik der Ungleichheit" (GRK 2281)
The research program focuses on the macroeconomic aspects of inequality, an aspect of first-order importance for society. 

Law Programs

The Graduate School of the Faculty of Law and Political Science was founded in the summer semester of 2018 and supports the doctoral students in preparing their doctoral studies.

Medicine and Life Sciences

The University of Bonn’s Faculty of Medicine offers doctoral programs in medical biochemistry, neurosciences and pharmacology. With the exception of the SciMed Doctoral College, all programs are administered in cooperation with the University’s Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Cross-Disciplinary Program

SciMed Doctoral College
The Doctoral College offers scientific training for students in medicine and dental medicine, leading to a dual Dr. med. and Dr. med. dent. degree.

Neuroscience

Bonn International Graduate School of Neuroscience (BIGS Neuroscience)
BIGS Neuroscience provides a top-level, internationally competitive program in this rapidly growing field.

Synaptic Micronetworks in Health and Disease (SFB 1089)
Supported by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG) collaborative research centers, this integrated research training group works to identify fundamental rules that govern neuronal behavior at the network level and translate network dynamics to mammalian and human behavior.

Neuroimmunology [website in German]
Supported by the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation, this program examines interactions between the immune system and various neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's, brain tumors and epilepsy.

International Max Planck Research School for Brain and Behavior
A joint venture of the University of Bonn, the Max-Planck-associated Center of Advanced European Studies and Research, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, and Florida Atlantic University, this graduate school offers a complete doctoral and research program in the neurosciences.

Pharma Research

Bonn International Graduate School of Drug Sciences (BIGS DrugS)
Home to an international community of talented biomedical scientists, BIGS DrugS is the hub for doctoral candidates from pharma research institutes within the University’s Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Faculty of Medicine.

Pharmacology of 7TM-Receptors and Downstream Signaling Pathways (GRK 1873)
Supported by DFG, this group combines expertise in the areas of pharmacology and pharmacy.

Immunology

Bonn International Graduate School of Immunosciences and Infection
This three-year doctoral program is offered in conjunction with the University’s ImmunoSensation Cluster, which is funded by Germany’s Excellence Initiative.

DFG Research Training Group "Myeloid antigen presenting cells and the induction of adaptive immunity" GRK (2168)
The DFG-funded project is a cooperation of the University of Bonn and the University of Melbourne.·      

Molecular Biomedicine

International Graduate School of Life and Medical Sciences (BIGS-LIMES)
BIGS-LIMES offers doctoral programs in biochemistry, the life sciences and biomedicine.

Tumor Infiltrating Myeloid Cell Compartment (TIMCC)
An EU-subsidized doctoral program from the Marie Curie Initial Training Network, TIMCC is coordinated at the University of Leiden and links immunology, genetics and oncology.

Humanities

At the University of Bonn’s Faculty of Arts, you’ll find a highly international environment with students and researchers in a wide range of fields.

Archaeology

Archaeology of Pre-Modern Economies (GRK 1878)
Supported by the German Research Foundation and jointly sponsored by the Universities of Bonn and Cologne, this research training group is focused on the economic systems and regions of pre-modern societies.

German Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture

Structured Doctoral Program in German Studies (SPP) [website in German]
Taught in German, the SPP supports doctoral candidates’ initiatives within the Institute for German, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies.

German-Italian Doctoral College [website in German]
Taught in German, this three-year grant program provides structured doctoral studies for researchers in German and Italian, with time in both Bonn and Florence.

History and Ancient History

Mass and Integration in Antique Societies [website in German and French]
Supported by Franco-German University and taught in German and French, this trinational doctoral program includes study in Bonn; Bern, Switzerland; and Strasbourg, France.

Oriental and Asian Studies Bonn

International Graduate School of Oriental and Asian Studies (BIGS-OAS)
BIGS-OAS offers a wide range of courses within a research context, focused on the cultures and societies of Asia and Asia Minor.

Philosophy

Contemporary European Philosophies [website in French]
This Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Program is offered in cooperation with the Universities of Padua, Louvain and Toulouse and the École Normale Supérieur in Paris. It focuses on the European philosophical canon of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Romance Studies

Italian Studies [website in German]
Offered in cooperation with the Universities of Florence and Paris-Sorbonne IV, this trinational doctoral program is taught in German and Italian.

Cross-Disciplinary Programs

European Founding Myths in Literature, Arts and Music [website in German]
This trinational program is jointly organized by the Universities of Bonn, Florence and Paris-Sorbonne IV and taught in German, French and Italian.

Bonn International Graduate School for Development Research (BIGS-DR)
Part of the University of Bonn’s Center for Development Research, BIGS-DR trains students for an international career in development cooperation, policy or research through a combination of academic study and intensive tutorship.

Digital Society NRW [website in German]
An initiative of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia, this program aims to strengthen and secure democracy.

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The University’s Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences offers numerous externally funded doctoral programs in areas including mathematics and informatics, physics, biology, pharmacology and molecular biomedicine.

Programs in neuroscience, pharma research, immunoscience, and infection and molecular biomedicine are offered in cooperation with the Faculty of Medicine.

Mathematics

Bonn International Graduate School of Mathematics (BIGS-M)
Located at the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, BIGS-M is home to all of the University’s doctoral candidates in mathematics and contributes to Bonn’s excellent international reputation in the field.

Periods, Moduli Spaces and Arithmetic of Algebraic Varieties (SFB/TR 45)
Supported by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG), this integrated research training group focuses on central questions of theory and new methods that connect arithmetic and geometry, with applications in physics and computer science.

International Max Planck Research School on Moduli Spaces
This program includes courses, seminars and activities focused on the geometric spaces whose points represent fixed algebro-geometric objects (or isomorphism classes of such objects).

Computer Sciences

Digital Material Appearance
Sponsored by X-Rite Europe, this program explores concepts and methods in the field of visual computing.

Answering Questions using Web Data (WDAqua)
Offered by the Marie Curie Initial Training Network and coordinated at the University of Bonn, WDAqua is a computer science training network focused on the analysis of web data.

Physics and Astronomy

Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy (BCGS)
Supported by Germany’s Excellence Initiative and jointly administered by the renowned Physics Institutes at the Universities of Bonn and Cologne, BCGS offers doctoral studies through an integrated honors program.

International Max Planck Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
This program offers a broad spectrum of topics in observational and theoretical galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, observational and theoretical cosmology, and fundamental physics – using astronomical tools and instrumentation.

Georgia and Armenia [website in German]
Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, this program in theoretical and experimental physics trains doctoral candidates in Georgia and Armenia.

Biology

Leibniz Graduate School on Genomic Biodiversity Research
Based at Bonn’s Alexander Koenig Research Museum, this school is focused primarily on insect genome evolution.

Water Use Efficiency and Drought Stress Responses: From Arabidopsis to Barley (GRK 2064)
This DFG research training group seeks to advance understanding of drought physiology and offers a competitive training programme in plant sciences.

Chemistry

Bonn International Graduate School of Chemistry (BIGS Chemistry)
BIGS Chemistry offers an internationally competitive doctoral program and opportunities to perform cutting-edge research.

Meteorology

Patterns in Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Systems – Monitoring, Modeling and Data Assimilation (SFB/TR 32)
Supported by DFG’s collaborative research centers, this long-term, integrated research training group is focused on environmental field studies, data collection and regional modeling.

Neuroscience

Bonn International Graduate School of Neuroscience (BIGS Neuroscience)
BIGS Neuroscience provides a top-level, internationally competitive program in this rapidly growing field.

Synaptic Micronetworks in Health and Disease (SFB 1089)
Supported by DFG collaborative research centers, this integrated research training group works to identify fundamental rules that govern neuronal behavior at the network level and translate network dynamics to mammalian and human behavior.

Pharma Research

Bonn International Graduate School of Drug Sciences (BIGS DrugS)
Home to an international community of talented biomedical scientists, BIGS DrugS is the hub for doctoral candidates from pharma research institutes within the University’s Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Faculty of Medicine.

Pharmacology of 7TM-Receptors and Downstream Signaling Pathways (GRK 1873)
Supported by DFG, this group combines expertise in the areas of pharmacology and pharmacy.

BIGS Immunoscience and Infection

International Immunology Training Program Bonn (IITB)
A structured, three-year doctoral program, IITB is offered in conjunction with the ImmunoSensation Cluster at the University of Bonn.

Molecular Biomedicine

International Graduate School of Life and Medical Sciences (BIGS-LIMES)
BIGS-LIMES offers doctoral programs in biochemistry, the life sciences and biomedicine.

Tumor Infiltrating Myeloid Cell Compartment (TIMCC)
An EU-subsidized doctoral program from the Marie Curie Initial Training Network, TIMCC is coordinated at the University of Leiden and links immunology, genetics and oncology.

Agriculture

Doctoral candidates in the field of agriculture may choose to study through the Faculty of Agriculture’s Theodor Brinkmann Graduate School or earn their degree through the University of Bonn’s Center for Development Research.

Agriculture Programs

Theodor Brinkmann Graduate School
Founded in 2008, the Brinkmann School is home to master's and doctoral candidates in the Faculty of Agriculture, combining research with an interdisciplinary study program.

Bonn International Graduate School for Development Research (BIGS-DR)
Part of the University of Bonn’s Center for Development Research, BIGS-DR trains researchers for an international career in development cooperation, policy or research through a combination of academic study and intensive tutorship.

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